Lady Rams Lose Again, Men Rams Win 6th Straight

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: February 6, 2005

Lady Eagles Soar Over the Lady Rams 76-71 in Double Overtime

Durham, NC – Thanks to poor shooting and turnovers, the Winston-Salem State University Lady Rams basketball team suffered their sixth consecutive loss of the season losing to the Lady Eagles of NCCU falling 76-71 in double-overtime Saturday night in Durham, NC.

The first have was played fairly close between the two teams which is usually the theme and pattern that most of the Lady Rams games take. However, the Lady Eagles went on a 7-0 spurt late in the half that proved to be the turning point of the half and the game. The Lady Eagles played tough interior defense led by center Shante’ Collins and forced the Lady Rams into to bad perimeter shots and forced 12 first half turnovers that led to 11 points en route to a 29-20 half time lead.

The second half turned a little as the Lady Eagles of NCCU turned the ball over 3 consecutive times that helped the Lady Rams cut the lead to 42-39 with just over 9 minutes to play. However, the Lady Eagles used another run to extend their lead back to 9 points with under 4 minutes to play.

The Lady Rams surged back in the final two minutes of the game as Nikki Eason cut the lead to 58-56 on a pair of free-throws and tied the game on a fast break lay-up with 50 seconds left in regulation. WSSU held NCCU without a field goal for over three minutes.

The Lady Rams had a chance to take their first lead of the game when Kadina Baldwin was fouled with 24.5 seconds left but she missed both shots.

A last second shot by Shalonda Carter missed and the teams went into the first of two overtime periods. The Lady Rams jumped out early in the first overtime and led by as many as five points only to squander the lead and the end of the first overtime was tied at 63-63.

Mounting turnovers and missed jump shots would plague the Lady Rams, ultimately proving to be the deciding factor in the WSSU loss.

With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 10-10 overall (2-7 CIAA) as WSSU has now lost their last six games. The win improves the Lady Eagles to 10-10 overall (6-3 CIAA) as NCCU has now won their last six games.

The Lady Rams return to action on Tuesday, February 8th, 2005 at the LJVM Coliseum Annex as they play host to the Lady Falcons of Saint Augustine’s College. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 pm.

Rashad McGee

Rams Ground the Eagles in Overtime 86-81

Durham, NC – The WSSU Rams had to overcome a crowd of 4,000 fans and a slow start to beat the Eagles of North Carolina Central University 86-81 in overtime at McClendon-McDougald gymnasium to continue their stellar play in the CIAA and win their sixth consecutive game.

The Rams got off to a slow start as the Eagles scored the games first 6 points led by sensational talent and East Carolina University transfer Jonathan Moore. He scored 5 of the 6 ponts with less than 2 minutes into the game.

WSSU warmed up quickly with a 11-2 run led by point guard Rashad McGee (Waxhaw, NC), turned a six-point deficit into a three-point lead, ahead of NCCU 11-8.

The inside presence and footwork of the Rams’ undersized All-CIAA center Audly Wehner (Fayetteville, NC), combined with the perimeter shooting of the Ram guards kept the Rams in the lead, despite the Eagles being a taller team at all five positions and lead at halftime 32-28.

The second half of play started exactly the same way as the first half as the Eagles started the second period off with adunk from Jonathan Moore as NCCU tried to get the home crowd, and momentum, behind them.

Despite the noise and early scoring from the Eagles, the Rams would keep calm and cool and maintain their lead. The Eagles would not be denied however, as they were able to generate three WSSU turnovers with a 2-3 zone defense that would get them as close as two points with just over 14 minutes to play in the contest.

Finally, a three pointer by Jonathan Moore tied the contest at 67-67 and then a basket by Curtis Knight gave the Eagles their first lead in over 34 minutes and it came with only 1:19 remaining in the game.

Trailing by two points, 70-68, with 13.7 seconds left, the Rams Alleggrie Guinn was forced to hoist up an off-balance three point attempt that missed however, a rebound and put-back by Audly Wehner went in to tie the game and force it into overtime.

The Rams once again fell behind early in overtime by two points on two different occasions but would tie the game again and then take the lead on a three point field goal by Frank Johnson that gave them a 80-78 lead. They would then take a 3 point lead on a free throw by Terris Sifford with 19. 2 seconds left to play. After a missed 3 point shot by the Eagles, Rams leading scorer, Audly Wehner hit two free throws that basically iced the game for the Rams.

The Rams had five players score in double figures led by Audly Wehner with 30 points and eight rebounds, Rashad McGee with 16, Darnell Gregory with 13, Alleggrie Guinn with 12 and Frank Johnson with 10. The Eagles were led by NBA hopeful Jonathan Moore with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

With the win, the Rams improve to 15-5 overall and improve to 8-1 in the CIAA (3-1 CIAA West) .With the loss, the Eagles fall to 11-8 overall and drop to 5-4 in the CIAA (2-4 CIAA West).

The Rams next game is Tuesday, February 8th, 2005 at 7:30 pm as they will play host to the Falcons of Saint Augustine’s College at the LJVM Coliseum Annex.